What Happened This Month: April 2017

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picture credits, editing mine, feat PicMonkey


  • Science Olympiad States happened.
  • Spotify finally started working on my computer 😀
  • I arranged Bohemian Rhapsody for flute, trumpet, 2 trombones, and tuba (tho we’re not going to play it XD)
  • Watching Moana and finding Lin Manuel
  • Finding out that Hangouts is slowly shutting down


  • Getting lots and lots of bookmail 😀 😀
  • When you actually prewrote blogposts to cover the week you were going to be really busy
  • Finding the song you’re playing in band in a meme
  • Chocolate bc Easter


  • When Hamilton doesn’t count for your history curriculum, even though it’s the only history you’ve done all year
  • When people interrupt your music with ads for their music. Like, guess whose music I’m not going to listen to next? Definitely not yours…
  • Waking up right before your flute lesson then spending the whole lesson choking on air bc allergies
  • When you get SO MUCH BOOKMAIL but the covers don’t match so you can’t do a photoshoot
  • When you’re procrastinating doing something that you’re doing to procrastinate on something that you’re procrastinating on
  • When your Spotify weekly is ON POINT

That Moment When-

  • When you title your essay “In Which My Brain Started Working Faster Than My Hand and I Started Mispelling Things . . . Then Ran Out Of Time (the title of my memoir, probably)” to show that you’re a serious essayist
  • You get 2x the likes on Insta because you’re posting b/w photos. Like…I’m not even good at b/w photography??


  • Wyman’s Silvery Waves Original Theme with Variations, piano (finally finished this one!)
  • Bach’s Inventio 5, piano
  • Bach’s Inventio 14, piano
  • Rondo in D Major by Mozart, flute
  • Flute for band:
    • Lincolnshire Posy
    • Suite of Old American Dances
    • The Stars and Stripes Forever
    • Exaltation by James Swearington (what a name)
  • A few jazz pieces for Bari Sax that I play on bassoon for jazz band
    • A String of Pearls
    • Blessed Assurance
    • Carnaby Street
    • Chattanooga Choo Choo
    • Pennsylvania 6500
    • Sweet Georgia Brown
    • and several others

Blog News-

It was a bad month for blogging 😄 I didn’t get to do any commenting on other blogs, and didn’t have time to write blogposts other than book reviews…sorry about that 😄




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Media This Month: April 2017


Musical Finds-

Cool Blogposts Read

I didn’t read many blogposts this month, due to that thing called LIFE. Here are the legit two I saw XDD

10 Things About Books I Shall Give Vague Pterodactyl Screams Over And Then Fall On My Head (by Cait @ Paper Fury)

Positivity (by Bonnie @ Bonnie’s Blessings)

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Book Review: Shaken by Tim Tebow

About this Book-

Most of us have been on the receiving end of rejection, a broken dream, or heartbreak. And while this is not an easy space to go through, when we are grounded in the truth, we can endure the tough times.

In this powerful book, Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow passionately shares glimpses of his journey staying grounded in the face of disappointment, criticism, and intense media scrutiny. Following an exceptional college football career with the Florida Gators and a promising playoff run with the Denver Broncos, Tebow was traded to the New Tork Jets. He was released after one season.

In Shaken, Tebow talks about what he’s learned along the way, building confidence in his identity in God, not the world. This moving book also features practical wisdom from Scripture and insights gained from others who have impacted Tebow in life-changing ways.

Though travelling hard roads is not easy, it’s always worth it!

My Review-

‘Tim Tebow’ was a name that was always around during my childhood: he was starting to become famous for his renowned ‘Tebowing’ action, so I was excited to read this book by him.

While this book wasn’t exactly what I had imagined (due to my not reading the synopsis lol), it was an awesome book that I’m definitely going to keep handy to read later!

Tebow starts off with speaking on when he was released by the football team he was playing for (an accurate depiction of how much I don’t care for football, hehe), then goes on to talk about how he dealt with being released and how he, literally, got through the days. It’s not an autobiography, but instead a guy’s testimony and him talking about his friendship with God.

Tebow includes several great stories, including one about his mother that’s super important. He speaks simply, using specific, but simple to understand language, and he’s able to break down topics that would be hard to understand otherwise.

This book’s very inspiring and motivational, as well as many other things. It acts as a good reminder that failure isn’t always the worst option, even if it looks like the world has collapsed.


If nothing else, this book was a treasure trove of great quotes. Here are some. (Haven’t done quotes in book reviews in a long time, but I had to for this one).

It’s important to take God’s love personally, though it may not be an easy thing to do. Sure, God loves the world, but he also loves each one of us individually.

And while I may get hurt, disappointed, or frustrated […], my foundation doesn’t have to change.

But the more you make the choice to live above your feelings, to trust God instead of what you may feel like doing, the stronger your faith becomes. It’s not about being perfect. We will always been on a journey of growing closer to God.

You never know how the tough times you are going through today will inspire someone else tomorrow.

My Review-


Purchase Link

Thanks to Blogging for Books for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review; I was not required to write a positive review. 


2017 States || Science Olympiad

HI SO I FINISHED MY ELEVENTH SCIENCE OLYMPIAD TOURNAMENT AND WE KINDA FAILED BUT ALSO REALLY DIDNT. (tbh if I had to summarize this tournament it was the one where I had to go to the bathroom legit like ten times)

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  • 4.33- alarm goes off. Why I even set it at 4:33 I’m not even sure but w/e. Hit snooze, as expected
  • 4.38- brother comes barging in the door and turns on the lights. I [loudly] tell him to go away and to turn off the lights
  • 4.43- alarm goes off again. Instead of hitting snooze, I perform the greatest feat of self-control in history and get out of bed
  • 4.54- finish getting ready and go downstairs, where the family is frantically packing food that we’ll never eat
  • 5.17- we leave. Hey, 17 minutes is close enough to the estimated 5 am, right? XDD
  • *driving*
  • 6.30- arrive on campus. SC (ExD partner) texts me as we’re pulling into the parking garage, saying he’s arrived. The C’s (coach’s family) are also in the parking garage as well and I text him back.
  • 6.40- head to the homeroom. Meet SC at the entrance to the building
  • 6.43- unload stuff and get ready for ExD. I still think whoever decided that ExD should be at 7am was crazy
  • 6.47- start heading over to ExD, the next building over.
  • 6.48- meet MM, who has my anatomy notesheet (he has a colour printer). We discuss hand off options.
  • 6.50- arrive at ExD and stand around talking logistics stuff (namely, wristband stuff)
  • 6.57-get admitted into the test room. The topic is ‘maximum flight time of a paper airplane,’ which was similar to one of the topics we’d predicted
  • Oh, ew, we actually have to wear goggles. Apparently we might get blinded by flying paper airplanes
  • Oh look, I have EVEN LESS ROOM for my procedure! I *thought* that I had suggested MORE space??!!
  • ExD goes pretty smoothly, and we do a very standard ‘air friction’ experiment
  • 7.58- we finish. DC (other partner) and SC leave for their next events; I turn in our test and leave
  • 8.00- Mrs D (Mrs C’s mother) meets me outside ExD with my wristband and walks me back to the homeroom
  • 8.07- I walk to map out rocks and minerals with daddy. Tbh this campus is small enough and I have enough time in between my events that mapping out events isn’t even a big deal.
  • 8.21- return back to the homeroom
  • ‘Study’ anatomy stuff. (= sitting there with the textbook open and participating in every conversation in the room)
  • 8.55- leave for anatomy, way too early, since anatomy doesn’t start until 9:15 and it’s in the building next door, grabbing the anatomy notesheet that M left on the way out.
  • Hang around // go to the bathroom // talk // etc. DE (anat partner, different from ExD anat partner) goes to the bathroom for long enough that I get nervous that he vanished.
  • 9.13- Get to go into the testing room. It’s the same lady, with the same wacky system of high school + middle school + different tests. There’s some mild confuzzlation of test (the volunteers were handing out tests to one half and answer sheets to the other half because they thought it was the same thing).
  • The test isn’t bad. It was slightly easier than the regionals test and about as hard as the states test last year. I get to write a bunch of bogus on a short/long answer question to make myself sound like I know what I’m doing…#protesttakingskills
  • Finish test. It’s a pretty decent test. Like last year, anyone who would’ve known anything more than we did would have done better since we both did our fair share of guessing.
  • 10.13- walk back to the homeroom together. DE doesn’t have events for several hours, like me.
  • Go bathroom // eat (!!) food (!!) // etc
  • 10.35- Meet up with KT (my friend from another school). Eventually we have a group of ~8 people, and as with all other SciOly people meetings, we start talking gibberish stuffs.
  • Girls clothes // pockets // food // life // stuff // also hear about SC, who’s wearing shorts and wasn’t allowed into the lab, so RC gave HIM her LONG ANKLE-LENGTH SKIRT (she had leggings on underneath) so that he was legit. #TheThingsWeDoForSciOly
  • I go back into the homeroom to probably (??) eat (??) but CK comes in and says a girl from our rival [used lightly] school is in the hallway, wanting to talk to me about helicopters (???????)
  • I got outside to meet this girl. She starts asking me about all this stuff about our helicopters like ??? because like, we haven’t done our helicopters yet ??? I signal to MM [probably not very discreetly] to go inside to get KB (heli partner) so that he knows how much I’m telling.
  • Naturally I was evasive about giving out answers to questions like these (since we hadn’t flown yet at that point)
  • (It was actually pretty hilarious, looking back on it, because we were both essentially trying to find out stuff about each other’s helicopters without acting like it lol)
  • Eventually, I make up an excuse to get away.
  • 11.40- Head to the lab to pick up my friend KS after her events, with CK.
  • 11.50- We miss K, due to having to talk helicopters with [my dear friend] that girl, and having to take a detour.
  • 11.52- We see Mrs. C, who is looking for RC’s calculator. She needs it right then across campus, so we run across campus, trying to get the calculator to her. Eventually CK runs ahead with it and meets up with NB, who gives it to R.
  • 12.04- I go back to the homeroom, to see K. I eat (!!) my sandwich, and tape up the rocks binder, and teach AM insults in various languages (it’s great. He didn’t know what he was saying so we taught him “Hit me really hard” in Chinese and he went around saying it at one point bc he thought it was an insult 😄 [until he said it to a parent who speaks Chinese and then our game was up XD])
  • I also hear that the rocks test was APPARENTLY EASIER THAN THE REGIONALS TEST (?!?!?!) LIKE HOW (?!?!?) (WHAT?!?!)
  • 12.53- Head to rocks with MM.
  • The proctor does the binder shake AND WE GET TO USE THE AUDUBON GUIDE. YASSS
  • Starts Station 1. “Identify these two igneous rocks.” The first specimen is a igneous rock, okay, but the second specimen is LEGIT A CLOD OF DIRT? LIKE ??? LIKE IGNEOUS ROCK??? HELLO??? OBVIOUSLY A ROCK BLOWN FROM A VOLCANO LOOKS LIKE A CLOD OF DIRT. HI.
  • We figure that it was just a mistake and do some educated guessing (????!?!?!?!)
  • Move on to Station 2. THE SAME THING???!!!! LIKE ????!!?!?
  • MM raises his hand. ‘Excuse me, were these samples switched? (??????!?!)’ The guy walks over. ‘Nope, this is how they are.’ ?!?!?!?!?!??!
  • Station 3. ‘Identify these two metamorphic rocks’ One’s metamorphic, THE OTHER IS IGNEOUS. YAY. GOOD JOB.
  • We bog on through the test, doing a lot of educated guessing and some dothering. Eh. (tbh how the guy who wrote the test is a geology prof idek like qualifications?? At all ??)
  • Honestly the only good thing about that test was that we were allowed to use the guide book. Bc YASSSS
  • 2.13- We finish a couple (like literally 2) minutes early and leave bc I had to go bathroom (lol what else is new)
  • 2.18- I go back to the homeroom, and recruit people to walk down to the gym with me (bc it’s really far), and we eventually get together a group.
  • 2.30ish- Eventually get to the gym
  • We stand around talking to all the team people that are there: most of the people that have finished their events already for the day.
  • I meet my dear (much sarcasm) friend from the [rival] school.
  • 3.10ish- We start getting out our helicopters. The girl positions herself so that they can exactly see our design if/when we get it out (LIKE REALLY GIRL. DECENCY MUCH?)
  • RIGHT AS WE WERE ABOUT TO TAKE OUR HELICOPTER OUT OF THE BOX, The Girl walked over to me and was like “Hey can I borrow a ponytail holder? I assume that since you do helicopters too you know how annoying it is to get your hair caught in the winding motor” LIKE WUTTTTTTT REALLY HOW
  • Mind you, it wasn’t like it wasn’t obvious that we wanted our space and privacy. Like legit half the team was RIGHT THERE IN THAT CORNER and we were HIDDEN AWAY TRYING TO GET OUR HELICOPTERS OUT
  • Mrs B (K’s mom) (who hadn’t been at the exchange earlier in the hallway but had heard about it), fixed her with this glare and was like “the only one I have is IN MY HAIR ” (Mrs B is awesome jsyk)
  • But y’know, you’re supposed to be nice to people and all, so I hand her my spare ponytail (since at that point I just wanted to have her just go away)
  • KB and I basically tell each other that we were going to wait until that team flew to fly, just to be spiteful 😄
  • 3.30ish- it ends up to be too late, so we go and check in. so APPARENTLY ONE OF OUR HELICOPTERS IS TOO BIG??? Like it was okayed at regionals ??? eh, it was our backup anyways, so we don’t really care *that* much.
  • 3.35- I have to go to the bathroom so I go. By the time I get back, the other team is flying their helicopters (so yay I guess we succeeded?)
  • 3.38- They fly a pretty decent time of 1.22, which means we actually have to work to beat them. 😄
  • 3.40- The event is going to close in 5 minutes and we haven’t started yet. We frantically wind rubber and stuff (not really frantically since we were like adrenaline-calmed).
  • 3.44- The longest minute (and half) of the entire day. We beat them by 12 seconds. 😀 😀
  • 3.46- We get ready for our second flight (they let us finish even though the event was technically closed). Crank up the winds and torque and everything
  • 3.47- the helicopter flies up to the ceiling, gets stuck, gets unstuck, and lands on a window ledge. #wowwepro
  • The judge guys try to get it down for us. It comes down eventually . . . in a bajillion pieces. The rubber had so much tension on it that everything snapped.
  • 3.50- Since it’s past the time that we could fly, there’s legit NO ONE left in the building. EXCEPT our dear friends [sarcasm] from that [rival] school.
  • When we’re packing up, the girl walks over and hands me my ponytail holder back ‘hey good job, here’s your ponytail holder back.’ (LIKE GIRL how do I know you don’t have lice or something XD)
  • We all walk back to the homeroom, except for Mrs. B, who has to put the helicopters back in her car.
  • 4.10ish- We get back to the homeroom eventually, and do the end–of-day wrapup thing. The room’s so big that I barely hear half the things spoken oops.
  • 5ish- We hold the “let’s-go-eat-the-food-mom-packed-because-we-ate-none-of-it” discussion again, but then decide to walk with the S’s and the D’s to this buffet place that was apparently free for lunch to see if they had food for dinner.
  • 5.35ish- After some more discussion about what food to eat, we head to Chipotle, where we always eat.
  • After eating, we start heading back to campus. WHY IS IT SO FARRRRRRR
  • 6.20ish- reach the gym. Apparently the bleachers don’t come out, so the volunteers are pulling out folding chairs.
  • Mr. C, who sits next to me, has lots of commentary about each of the events and points and stuff.
  • 5th in anatomy. Okay, decent. Better than not placing, but worse than last year’s first 😄
  • We aren’t doing very well. :/
  • 2nd in rocks (TBH YASSSSS bc who even knows how the test was graded my word)
  • 1st in ExD (WOOT)
  • 1st in heli (YAYAY was expecting a 2nd bc of a better heli school, but apparently they failed)
  • 7.35- DUDE THEY FINISHED THE CEREMONY BEFORE THE SUN WENT DOWN. THATS GOTTA BE A RECORD. No time killing, no waiting, no nothing. The screen + mic systems are great this year too. GREAT JOB, ADMINISTRATION.
  • 7.50- Wait the middle school GOT FOURTH? Man, it must be pretty DARN close. (also all time low placing for the ms team)
  • 7.57- As we almost predicted, we aren’t going to Nats. Ah well. We had high hopes, but didn’t work *quite* hard enough to make up for them 😄
  • Lots and lots of picture taking and general chaos.
  • We get to sing for the first time in like legit three or four tournaments, and so I’m happy. 😀
  • 8.30ish- We go for ice cream with the S’s, since it’s still so early. There’s only one lady working, so it took super long.
  • Eventually we finish and drive home. No Nationals trip this year.


Now y’all won’t be bombarded by SciOly posts . . . until next year. 😀

Simple Ways to Decorate Easter Eggs || DIY Holiday Crafts || 2017

Oh look, a blogpost that I shot a whole year ago! *pats self on shoulder* LOOK, EVIDENCE OF PLANNING.

*incoherent babbling that was meant to sound like an intro*

Some materials that you will need arP1040056e-

  • Eggs (duh!)
  • White Tempera paint
  • Sharpies, black and other colors
  • A container to hold raw eggs

The first step is to determine what sort of eggs you plan on making. This usually involves Pinterest or the internet. For instance, I used these websites for inspiration (because I’m so not artsy, amiright?)

The raw eggs need to be blown out. (If you don’t know how to do that, google it. It’s essentially poking holes in both ends of the eggs and blowing through one hole to get all the slimy stuff out)

If you want to have colored eggs, prime the eggs with white [acrylic] paint. (However, learn from my mistakes, and don’t use tempera paint because sharpie doesn’t stick to tempera paint).

Because the sharpie thing just didn’t work, I ended up drawing on the (unprimed) eggs with sharpie and white paint, and they turned out fairly decently.


So there you have it, a blogpost that was in the works for a full year! (Also published only because I took aesthetic pictures that I wanted to publish XDD)

Book Review: The Princess and I by Rebekah Eddy


About the Book-

Megan is content with her life, despite her parents’ death and her brother Malcolm’s job that keeps him busy at the King’s castle. But when she is offered the position as Princess Christine’s lady-in-waiting, Megan is glad of the change in scenery and accepts it with the hope that she can spend more time with her brother. The promise from Malcolm of lessons in swordsmanship only adds to her enthusiasm.
However, helping keep an eye on the emotional and excitable young lady proves to be much harder than becoming her friend. As rumors of war circulate the castle, Megan strives to encourage her new friend even as she tries to settle the doubts and fears in her own heart when her responsibility in protecting the Princess is put to the test. Follow the unwanted adventure which serves to teach her that loyal friendship, true love, and God’s amazing grace will always triumph over revenge, greed, and hate.

My Review-

Whoo, my third post about this book! (Cover Reveal here and Blog Tour post here) Today’s post is the review of The Princess and I! It was intended to be posted with the blog tour, but I hadn’t finished it yet, so here’s my review!

Okay. I’m not a fan of fantasy (like I covered in (this review), but nevertheless, I read a whole bunch of fantasy. This book was awesome!

So…it *was* pretty cliche. However, it was also not. Think of plots twists on every fairy tale ever and then combine them all. Okay, maybe not *quite* that epic, but it comes pretty darn close.

There  were a bunch of points that were pretty out-of-the-ordinary, and I appreciated them. For instance, the main character (pov) was not the average princess silk-dresses and afternoon-tea type, and *lots of spoilers*

The epilogue was also pretty awesome; I had felt like the book was finished, but I really liked how all the characters were resolved and I found out what happened after the story was finished.

The romance throughout the book was very minimum, and it was very deftly woven, so I didn’t feel like was reading romance. Not to mention that it was clean.

Overall, it was a great princess book!!

My Rating-


Now, after I’ve talked about this book for so long, here’s the link to purchase!

The Princess and I

Go check it out!

Book Review: A Note Yet Unsung by Tamera Alexander

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About the Book-

A master violinist trained in Vienna, Rebekah Carrington manages to wheedle her way into an audition with the maestro at the newly formed Nashville Philharmonic. But women are “far too fragile and frail” for the rigors of an orchestra, and Rebekah’s hopes are swiftly dashed because the conductor–determined to make his mark on the world of classical music–bows to public opinion. To make matters worse, Adelicia Acklen Cheatham, mistress of Belmont Mansion and Rebekah’ new employer, agrees with him.

Nationally acclaimed conductor Nathanial Tate Whitcomb is Nashville’s new orchestra leader. And despite a reluctant muse–and a strange buzzing and recurring pain in his head–he must finish composing his symphony before the grand opening of the city’s new opera hall. But further pressing, he must finish it for the one who first inspired his love of music–his father, who is dying. As Tate’s ailment worsens, he believes Rebekah can help him finish his symphony.

As music moves us to tears yet makes our hearts soar, A Note Yet Unsung captures the splendor of classical music at a time when women’s hard-won strides in cultural issues changed not only world history–but the hearts of men.

My Review-

Okay so this book. MY GOODNESS.

So if you know me, you know that I’m a musician who plays too many instruments to get really good at one. So, this book about the entry of women into the world of music was really really close to my heart.

When I first saw this book, I wondered what I’d gotten myself into. Judging the book by it’s cover, I wasn’t really a fan. Neither was the 422 pages that it is. But…I finished it <5 hours at 3am. Yup, that’s me.

As a female musician, I know that women can be as good of a musician as any man, and are not “far too fragile,” so I was able to sympathize with Rebekah from the start. Also, she plays violin, oboe, piano, and sings, and does them all brilliantly well, so she has my respect and honor. 😄 ALSO BY GOODNESS IF YOU REFUSE ME BECAUSE IM A WOMAN? *thinks of threats but fails*

Her story is so beautiful (and probably out of the normal for her setting, which makes it a bit weird, but hey, I’ll take it). She does some questionable things (like bottles…not a spoiler), but overall, she is really sweet. I found myself wondering sometimes though, where she got some parts of her character. While they were there, I was left wondering where they had developed from, because with the background portrayed, it didn’t really look like she had an opportunity to establish some of the traits that she did. (does that even make sense omw)

As for Tate, I can’t imagine composing. The description of composing, though, are just so good and made me want to compose. Like the morning after I read the book (aka finished it at 3am XD), I sat down and started arranging a piece for piano, flute, bassoon, and violin. (also I suck at bassoon and violin soooooooo).

In Tate’s story, there’s also a plot twist (actually, multiple), and it’s so unexpected and beautiful and heart warming. LIKE AAASDLJGFDHLKJ ID WRITE THEM ALL HERE BUT THAT’D SPOIL THEM AND THATS NOT THE POINT OF A BOOK REVIEW

Also can we just say Rebekah has THE. IDEAL. JOB? She teaches music to a rich lady’s daughter, and also helps Tate in his composing.

Personally, I wasn’t really a fan of the romance in the book. It felt a little rushed, and it was at times a little too…um….vividly portrayed…? (not inappropriately, but I just didn’t like it). That’s the only reason there’s points taken off.

As a smallish sidenote, this book is apparently the third in a series, but I would never have guessed. It would work great as a standalone.

My Rating-


(not counting the romance, rating: 10/10)

Thank you to Bethany House Publishing Group for sending me a free print copy for my honest review; I was not required to write a positive review.

Currently: April 2017 || The Insanity Edition

What would you know, it’s time for another Currently post again! Anne and Jess are hosting Currently this month!

It’s competition season for me (Science Olympiad States is in less than a week, and I’m not freaking out at all)




Lots of things, but not feeling like I’m accomplishing anything whatsoever. It’s competition season (for Science Olympiad), as well as AP season, and lots of things are due and AIIIII.

Guess which gif goes with this point?




Excited and stressed. Science Olympiad tournaments are like the best things ever, particularly States tournaments. AP tests, on the other hand, are not quite as fun. They’re just sheerly stressful, but I still like studying…so I say…just wait a couple more weeks 😄





More time. And Sanity. And study books would be nice. As well as cookies. And also more time. And sanity. And more time. And sanity. And more time.





Flute and bassoon for the concert that’s coming up in like three weeks!! I’m so excited 😀




Nothing much, really…I DONT HAVE TIME TO PINTEREST OMGNS. I’ve been looking for some Bible Journaling ideas, because I really want to start doing it…but guess who doesn’t have time? Not me?



Linking up here